As of 1 September 2012 I have been appointed Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities. In this role, I focus on bringing together and promoting research about the reuse and meaning of digital heritage, as well as the impact of digitization on the perception and appreciation of cultural heritage. My own future research will focus on digital source criticism (oriented towards search engines and heritage databases) and the preservation of digital heritage.
This position brings together two of my previous areas of expertise: museum history and theory and media heritage. I obtained a PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam on the history of museum presentation in the visualculture of the 19th and 20th centuries in 2004, and have since then remained interested in the specific challenges and manifestations of exhibiting cultural heritage. After my appointment at UvA in 2003 as director of the international, professional MA programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image I shifted my research to the preservation and presentation of audiovisual and digital heritage. I have just edited a book on media art preservation and exhibition (Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives , AUP, 2013) and am completing a second monograph (Performing the Archive : Tracing Audiovisual Heritage in the Digital Age, see under research) in which I study the impact of digitization on the epistemology of the audiovisual archive. I (co-)supervise(d) PhD projects on the the preservation and presentation of media and contemporary art, digitization and film historiography, the preservation and exhibition of film sound, the history of the computer in graphic design and the professionalisation of museum docents (with Carla van Boxtel at the Social Science Faculty and with Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum).
In 2010 I worked as a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar and currently serve as Secretary of the NIAS Fellows Association. I am affiliated with the European Association for Digital Humanities, the Netherlands Research School for Media Studies, the Huizinga Institute of Cultural History, the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, and the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. At present I am member of the Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art Research (NeCCAR) and serve as Board member for CLARIAH, the NWO-funded Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.